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UCM PR Program Welcomes Tom Heapes and Jenn Mullins
Tom began his career as a broadcast journalist and moved into corporate public relations positions in the pharmaceutical and energy sectors. His long-term experience includes award-winning work in medical, pharmaceutical, and consumer goods and services, as well as work in the public sector. In his 30-year career he has provided strategic counsel, crisis communications advice and media relations skills to Fortune 500 CEOs as well as entrepreneurs just starting out.
Heapes has taught at UCM previously as an adjunct instructor. He developed and taught our popular Social Media and Public Relations class.
Tom has been active in the Public Relations Society of America and is a past president of the Greater Kansas City Chapter. He has served on the board and as board president for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City and volunteered with the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.
Tom is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in speech. He is married to Debby Heapes and has two grown children, Matt Heapes and Melissa Heapes Davis.
Jenn Mullins comes to UCM from Anchorage, Alaska where she spent the last four years as the Community & Technical College at the University of Alaska Anchorage's Communication Coordinator. Her work included working with the media, designing and printing publications, webmaster of the college's immense website and planning event's for the college's 14 divisions. "I've learned a lot in the four years I spent in Alaska. It is a young organization and I was able to take many things from the ground up," says Mullins. "I plan to bring that experience into the classroom for the benefit of the students.”
She earned her bachelor's and master's degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she also taught as an adjunct. Her research focus is in two areas: the forms and quality of communication in military families; and quality of communication for the disabled. As a military spouse and parent of a special needs child, she has developed a passion for helping others understand the needs of these two populations.
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